The Louisiana Purchase saw Wyoming handed over from the French to the U.S. in 1803. The Oregon Trail, moving through the state, was pioneered by Robert Stuart in 1812. This enabled the west of the land to open up to further U.S. settlement. Furthermore, the state has been at the forefront of women’s civil rights. In 1869, the state was the first in the country to allow women the right to vote. In 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross was inducted as the first-ever female U.S. governor.

The state is characterized by high mountain ranges and flat plains. Its geography makes it ideal for farming and mining, and it’s a leading producer of coal and wool in the U.S. Although arguably its landscape is as stunning as Colorado’s, Wyoming is significantly cheaper to live in and develop a business.


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